NPFL matches banned until inspection of medical facilities in stadiums is done, says NFF

Following the death of a Nasarawa United’s defender, Chineme Martins, who slumped during an NPFL match against Katsina United in Lafia on Sunday, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has concluded that no Professional League match will be played until a full inspection of medical facilities and personnel is done, as provided in the agencies Club Licensing Regulations.

In a statement by NFF on Monday, the ban is an immediate measure to making sure the incidence that occurred in Nasarawa doesn’t play out again.


“The NFF has in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports engaged the LMC and reviewed the situation.”

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“As an immediate first step, the NFF has directed that no further match be played except there is a full complement of the medical equipment and personnel as provided in the NFF Club Licensing Regulations.”

“All Match Commissioners and the host FA are to ensure they inspect all the facilities including carrying out test runs before giving go-ahead for any match to be played.”

The NFF however sympathized with the family of Late Chineme Martins and the football Stakeholders at large, expressing regrets over the unforseen incidence.


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